Football Season is Here!

This is the first year that Jack has played tackle football.   That’s hard for me to believe….that 9 year olds play tackle football.  But they do.    I was nervous.  Reluctant to throw my child into harms way.  But I have to say, I’ve been incredibly surprised at how slow they take things….how they SHOW them how to tackle. Not just throw them onto the field and TELL them to tackle each other.

Today was the jamboree.  Each team got to play offense for 10 minutes, then defense for 10 minutes {Doesn’t it seem like I know what I’m talking about!?  Please do not be blinded by my apparent knowledge.  Because there is NO knowledge.  I know nothing about football. And since my son is going to be playing it, I have a lot of learning to do! }

Jack got his jersey today. And thankfully, I had my camera there to catch the excitement on his sweet face.

And he played quarterback and did a great job…

It was also a big day for Emmie!  She has an irrational fear of mascots.  She isn’t just a bit scared of them. She panics…freaks out…there is no reasoning with her when a mascot is around.  The only way to calm that girl down is to completely remove her from the situation.  As you can imagine, that limits us a bit….no trips to Chuck E. Cheese {ok, I’m not too broken up about that one}. No Red Robin. And certainly no Disneyland!

This morning, as Jack was warming up for his jamboree, who should walk by but a local high schools mascot!  Fortunately, the girls long hair was sticking out of her giant bird head and her real arms were sticking out. Thankfully, that turned into a great teaching moment.  Emmie could see it was just a teenager under that giant, scary head. She realized it wasn’t that scary after all.  So we were able to go up into the stands and enjoy watching Jack!  She still kept an eye on the mascot, making sure it didn’t wander up into the stands and magically appear right in front of her.  But she was victorious over a huge fear today!

All in all, I’d say it was an all around great day!

And stay tuned for my next blog post. I’ve been working on a little something for our front  porch!

jen

Pantry Labels

My big challenge for the new year was making sense of the chaos that had become my kitchen pantry.  Thankfully, that project is complete!  (You can read more about the pantry project here and here.)

Here is the pantry with it’s new look.

The final touch to the reorganization were these labels.  I had planned on doing something on my computer.  Nothing fancy….just a fun font with the word “Flour” or “Sugar” typed out the paper.  White background. Rather boring. But while searching for pantry organization inspiriation on Pinterest, I came across some free labels to download via sissyprint.blogspot.com.

via sissyprint.blogspot.com

I absolutely loved what sissyprint had to offer.  It just didn’t provide the exact labels I needed.  But after a little bit of work, I was able to come up with these!

The pantry labels were available in several different color options.  I chose gray (though I think it almost looks a bit brown, which I love!).  Page two of the download had two blank labels at the bottom.  After I downloaded page two, I took a screen shot of the blank labels. (On a mac, you hit the control – or apple – key, the shift key and the number four key all at the same time. This will give you a little icon at your curser. Use your mouse to click and drag to highlight the area.  When you release the mouse, a photo will be taken of that area and the picture will be saved to your desktop.)

via sissyprint.blogspot.com

I then opened up pages (which is the Apple version of word).  The screen shot (above) was dragged onto the blank sheet in pages.  I was able to fit three sets of labels onto one sheet (for a total of six labels on the page).  I then created a text box and wrote the appropriate pantry item name centered onto each label.

Typing and printing the labels went rather quickly. Cutting out each label, while a mindless activity, was a bit time consuming.  After I was done cutting, I took them to the Staples and had them all laminated for less than $5 total (bargain!).  I assumed the labels would last longer if they were laminated, so I was happy to put in the little bit of effort and money to have it done.

Of course, while I was at Staples, I did see some darling labels from Martha Stewart.  So if you aren’t feeling like taking the time to make your own pantry labels, buzz over to Staples and check these out!

via staples.com

After the labels were laminated, I then re-cut around them.  With the supplies below, I started attaching labels to containers in the pantry!

I used double sided sticky tape to attach labels to the plastic canisters.

For the baskets, I punched holes in the sides and threaded jute twine through the label and then through the basket.  The twine was tied in a knot on the inside of each basket.

And just like that, my pantry is labeled and complete!  I couldn’t be happier! Let’s take one last look.

Aaaah! Now that makes me happy!

Jen

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Pantry Before and After

The pantry project is complete.  Thank goodness!  By removing many of the items, we have so much more room now!  Some of the excess went to the Goodwill. Some in the trash.  And some just relocated to other cabinets in the kitchen.  The end result brings me much joy!

A few days ago, I showed in detail the chaos that was my pantry.  (Click here to read more about my pantry  clean up process.)  Let’s take another look at some before pictures so we can truly appreciate the after!

And now……drum roll please…………

Look at all that extra room!

One of my favorite purchases was the three tiered can organizer. What a space saver!   And it’s so easy to see what you have on hand as well! If you don’t already have one, you won’t regret the purchase.

tiered can organizers from Target and Fred Meyer

Previously, things were tossed into plastic storage bins that weren’t easy to see through.  The new clear containers allow us to see exactly what is inside!  Less mess and less headache!

basket from Michaels, tall canister from Ikea, square canisters from Target

 

square canisters from Target

 

baskets from Target

And those labels…..don’t you love them?  (Click here to learn how to make the pantry labels.)

basket from Fred Meyer

 

And here are a few other views of things that were re-organized…  The apron/stool/recycling corner before…

And the after….

I installed hooks to hang the aprons and stool from.  Recycling was moved under the shelves (you can see it under the shelf, right behind the stool).  It is out of the way and surprisingly, we can fit a lot more recycling in there than before!

And the printer and cereal areas before….

And the after….

wooden drawer storage from Fred Meyer

 

basket from Michaels

And a few last shots of the after….

 

Isn’t it amazing what a little time and effort can do to your pantry?!  I can’t help but ask myself why I didn’t do this sooner!!

Jen

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An Impossible Challenge….The Pantry

Our kitchen pantry isn’t exactly a pantry. It’s more of a walk in closet.  But due to it’s size, it has become a catch all for anything that needs a home.  I know this is a silly thing to complain about – having too big of a pantry.  It is a blessing, but it can also be a curse.  It not only holds extra food, but it also contains a full size fridge/freezer, our printer, extra office supplies, kids art supplies, our recycling bin and so on and so on.  And because it houses so many things, it has gotten out of control as of late.

Re-organizing the pantry tends to be an overwhelming project for me.  It’s almost always on my list of things to get done.  Yet it never seems to get done.  Some fellow bloggers are hosting a challenge called ‘Imagine the Impossibilities’, where you tackle the most daunting of projects.  So I’ve joined the charge and decided this was my opportunity to tackle my pantry challenge.

Thistlewood Farm
Let’s look at some before pictures (PLEASE PLEASE don’t judge me.   I’m being vulnerable here, showing you the chaos that ensues behind the closed door in my kitchen.)
Here is a closer look:
The catalyst for this clean up (other than just simply needing to be done) was that our 1985 freezer started to break.  For fear of losing a bunch of meat, I raced out and bought a new fridge/freezer combo that day.  While we used our old freezer a lot, we really had a need for more fridge space as well (see all of the drinks on the floor of our pantry above…).
So after the new fridge/freezer was delivered, Pantry Project 2012 began!!
The first thing I did was get rid of any unnecessary pantry items.  Kids games went to an empty cabinet in our kitchen.  The goodwill received a nice gift box of things I wasn’t using anymore.  Food that was past it’s expiration date was tossed (I confess I had some hot cereal that EXPIRED in 2006. I have no idea when I even purchased it. Maybe 2005?)  The picture below is just a small representation of the things I got rid of.
Drinks went into the fridge.  The recycling bin was moved.  And bye bye plastic bins!  Target and Fred Meyer supplied me with much cuter baskets and food storage containers.
Now I won’t ever need to purchase another plastic bin in my life!  Look what came from my pantry after I cleaned it out!
And with a little help from these labels, the pantry gets it’s final touch of organization!
Click HERE to  see the finished pantry product!  I think you will like what you see!!
Jen
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